Pastoral Transition

Pastoral Transition Updates

01/17/22 Lots of news to share, so let’s dive in!  A Pastoral Nominating Committee of 7 CPC members was seated in November 2021. The committee finalized a job description and a Mission Information Form for publication/posting on the Presbytery Employment search website.


CPC session had been advised by Presbytery to call a Designated Pastor and session voted yes to move in that direction to a Pastoral Call. A Designated Pastor is approved by the Committee on Ministry at the Presbytery level and Presbytery to serve a term of 2-4 years by vote of the congregation. Nominated by the Pastoral Nominating Committee from among the candidates designated by Presbytery. After 2 years a Designated Pastor, by vote of the congregation, may become the permanent pastor.  


With that charge the PNC has begun their work in reviewing and discussing the Pastoral Information forms (resumes) that have been submitted to us through Presbytery of the Cascades. The PNC has come together to review sermons of the considered candidates and have prayed fervently for God’s guidance. We are committed to the job we have been tasked with to find the Pastor that God has found and groomed just for us. As was said during 1/16/22 worship service PNC update message: “This PNC believes that this congregation deserves the best candidate we can find no matter how long it takes, rather than settling for the best of the rest for a fast finish.” We appreciate your prayers and patience in the process.

9/24/21  On September 7th Session approved a job description for a designated Pastor, and received approval from the Commission on Ministries (COM) from Presbytery for the job description. COM gave approval for Session to form a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), which is the next step in the process.

We will have a Congregation Meeting October 24th to vote on members of this committee. In conjunction with the COM, the session will be recruiting a bridge pastor. The bridge Pastor is a short term position to meet CPC's pastoral needs while the PNC works to identify a designated Pastor. If you have questions about the specifics, please contact the office to be connected to Frank St Peter.

9/17/21  As your Session we are in charge of seeing the church through this time of transition diligently searching for God's will for our church family.  We are committed to making this process as transparent as possible, and communicating to you regularly. Our first step was to put together a Job Description as a Session with input from the Personnel Committee members. We have completed the process by voting as a Session on the final edition of the Job Description, which we sent to the Presbytery of the Cascades Commission on Ministry (COMC) for discussion at their upcoming September meeting. Once the COMC approves our submitted Job Description, we will nominate and seat a Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC). 

Most important to this process is your prayers! Prayer is vital and so very needed at this time.  Additionally, would you please allow an abundance of patience to let the process run? God is in charge, at work, and grooming our new pastor as we pray for that person.

Elders, Class of 2022

Cheryl Adams, Adult Education

Frank St Peter, Finance

John Duff, Property

Irv Nygren

Elders, Class of 2023

Connie Stoaks

Brian Leutschaft, Mission

Jim Hayward, Personnel

Marianne Watson, Stewardship

Elders, Class of 2024

Diane Wilson, CYMT

Lois Millspaugh

Linda Shaw

Luann Johnson